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5 things you need to know this morning: March 24, 2023

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Trudeau stayed in $6,000 London hotel suite for Queen’s funeral

The Prime Minister’s Office has revealed that Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie stayed in a $6,000 per night hotel suite while in London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. The PMO said hotel prices surged significantly ahead of the funeral, with tens of thousands converging on London for the funeral, but the hotel’s website currently lists the suite for more than it cost the Canadian government in September.

2. Footage shows 1-year-old abandoned at US-Mexico border

Remarkable, sad footage shows a one-year-old child being abandoned at the US-Mexico border before being rescued by border agents. The border patrol chief tweeted a photo of the young child in the arms of the officer who saved him. The boy, who is confirmed to be from Guatemala, will be placed in Human and Health Services.

3. Kids in Utah will need parents’ OK to access social media

Two laws signed by Utah’s governor on Thursday prohibit kids under 18 from using social media between the hours of 10:30 pm and 6:30 am and require age verification for anyone who wants to use social media in the state. It means kids and teens would need parental permission to access apps like TikTok. Social media companies are expected to sue before the laws take effect next March.

4. Three people die in Arizona after being caught in floodwaters

At least three people have been found dead in Arizona this week after their vehicles were swept away in floodwaters. All three victims are over the age of 64. Flooding caused by recent rainfall and snowmelt has created significant issues across parts of central and northern Arizona and residents in several low-lying communities have been told to evacuate.

5. Hershey looking to remove ‘trace’ amounts of lead and cadmium from chocolate

Hershey Co. says it is looking to reduce “trace” amounts of lead and cadmium from its chocolate after Consumer Reports found that some dark chocolate bars had potentially harmful levels of the heavy metals. The company’s CFO said the amounts of the metals found in chocolate are “below any recommended level, any standard,” and added that they are elements in soil and can naturally occur in the product.

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